Metal News for January 19, 2010
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29 news articles posted on this day.
Melbourne based melodic death/doom metal band Okera has uploaded a demo recording for free download. It featured three tracks and clocks in at 27 minutes. You can also stream those three songs on the band's MySpace player.
Here's the tracklisting for the new demo:
1. The Black Rain
3. Like Jewels In The Sky
Solo artist and current Amoral vocalist Ari Koivunen will be making an appearance as the guest vocalist at the rock ’n’ roll restaurant "Jack The Rooster" in Tampere, Finland on Friday, January 22. For more info, visit Jack The Rooster's site.
At The Gates' classic "With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness" will be reissued as a limited edition collector's CD/DVD set on February 15, 2010 with liner notes from Tomas Lindberg as well as a bonus show from Groningen, Holland, 1992.
Here's the complete tracklisting:
1. Beyond Good & Evil
2. Raped By The Light Of Christ
3. The Break Of Autumn
4. Non – Devine
5. Primal Breath
6. The Architects
8. Blood Of The Sunsets
9. The Burning Darkness
10. Ever – Opening Flower
11. Through The Red
12. Neverwhere (Live)
13. Beyond Good & Evil (Live)
14. The Architects (demo? - I think /Anders)
1. Raped by the Light of Christ
2. Through Gardens of Grief
4. Souls of the Evil Departed
6. Kingdom Gone
7. The Architects
8. The Red in the Sky is Ours
9. The Nightmare Continues
Providence, RI progressive metallic hardcore band The Empire Shall Fall (featuring ex-Killswitch Engage and Seemless throat Jesse Leach on vocals) has posted two new behind the scenes webisodes online, as well as footage of "The Kingdom" from a recent live performance in Brooklyn, NY. The videos are the most recent installments in a series of behind the scenes footage created by the band’s close friend Kyle Regan that documents The Empire Shall Fall's experience releasing their debut LP, Awaken, via guitarist Nick Sollecito’s Angle Side Side Records.
Behind the scenes footage with The Empire Shall Fall PART 2 Group interview with the band can be seen here.
Behind the scenes footage with The Empire Shall Fall in Herkimer, NY can be seen here
Live footage of The Empire Shall Fall, "The Kingdom", from a recent show in Brooklyn, NY can be seen here.
Hardtimes.ca recently conducted a video interview with drummer / vocalist Rick Hoak of grindcore act Total Fucking Destruction. The video clip, which was recorded in Montreal in December of 2009, can be viewed below.
Australia's Alchemist has issued the following brief update about recording a new EP to be mixed by Devin Townsend:
"Hi people, we have been busy tracking for our 2010 EP to be mixed by Devin Townsend, all is sounding great with a different feel from tripsis, more instrumentation and today I statted tracking some nice harmonic vocals for a track. Keep you guys posted."
Samples of Alchemist's music can be found at their official MySpace page.
Armored Saint has unveiled the cover art and the first single from their first new album "La Raza" The album's foundation was laid back in 2008 when Joey Vera and John Bush began writing new material for what would become "La Raza" and the album was completed in December at Tranzformer Studios in Burbank, CA. The album was produced by bassist Joey Vera, and engineered by Bryan Carlstrom and his assistant John Nuss. Recording was mostly done with analog equipment and the final album mix was delivered on 1 inch tape. This gives La Raza the most organic sound as possible. Fans can hear the first single, "Left Hook From Right Field," on their MySpace page.
To complete the package, the band employed photographer Stephanie Cabral and Metal Blade's own Brian Ames. Joey Vera comments further, “Metal Blade is doing a really cool digi pack package for us. We felt like the city of Los Angeles is such a big part of our fabric that we wanted to use that in the design of the artwork. So with the help of our good friend and photographer Stephanie Cabral and Brian Ames from the Metal Blade art department, we came up with a really cool package that represents our band and the music on this record. We also wanted to incorporate a 'green' action by leaving out the plastic CD tray and using recycled paper. The result is a classy and poignant package.” More...
Spanish thrash metallers DESECRATION just posted a brand new song called "Mental Anesthesia" online on their official MySpace page.
The band has just completed their line up during the recording of that new song, recruiting a drummer, Raimon, also from VILADECANS, a city near Barcelona.
DESECRATION announced they are working hard on the new band logo and in the new songs that will make up the first release of the band.
DESECRATION will make its live debut on February 19th at Heaven & Hell Metal Bar (Cerdanyola, Barcelona, Spain).
We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week’s story is from Henri Sattler of God Dethroned:
"We played Quito (Ecuador) on the South American part of our War Propaganda World Tour 2009 and there we had a slamming pit in which the whole crowd was participating. I felt like we were playing on a floating island since the whole stage was moving from its place! Even the sound desk moved from one place to another in the venue. Amps tumbling over, etc. I was the biggest madness I’ve ever experienced in my life on stage, and i was happy to leave the stage with all my teeth being in my mouth still..."
God Dethroned was recently confirmed for Austria's Kaltenbach Open Air 2010 festival and has an extensive US tour planned with Overkill, Vader, Evile, Warbringer and Woe of Tyrants early this year as well.
Check back every Tuesday for more tales from the pit.
Fallen Martyr has issued the following update about re-releasing their "The Six Roots of True Will" EP:
"Maryland melodic metallers Fallen Martyr have just announced the re-release of their EP 'The Six Roots Of True Will.' The band hit the studio this last weekend set to melt some faces, and the outcome is a continuation of the original EP’s six songs, taking an even more epic approach both musically and conceptually. Expect Fallen Martyr’s new gems to be even more unrelenting, uncompromising, and undisputable."
The tracklisting for the re-release of "The Six Roots Of True Will" is as follows:
1. Like A Sinking Feeling
2. Reverse Metamorphosis
3. Mr. M
4. All In
5. Scars of Dissociation
6. The Man Becomes The Prophet
7. Passing Through The Veil of the Exterior World
8. Body Of Light
Forgotten Tales has issued the following recording update from the studio:
"Hi fans... The recording of the rhythm guitar is now finished. Believe me, the sound will be amazing. Some cleaning and editing of the tracks remains to be done and then we will be ready for the recording of the vocal tracks. These two small clips will give you a good idea of what’s coming. To be continued."
Fuck the Facts has issued the following update about their upcoming "Unnamed" EP:
"We are currently wrapping up the artwork for our upcoming ‘Unnamed’ 7” EP, and as usually everything is being handled by our very own vocalist Mel Mongeon. Here’s a small sneak peek of Mel working on the upcoming layout and cover. The EP will feature 4 brand new songs (one which will also be on our next album) as well as re-recorded versions of ‘La Tete Hors De L’eau’ & ‘Doghead’. Track Listing is as follows:
2. Loss Upon Loss
4.Time Is A Dictator
5. La Tete Hors De L’eau (song originally released on our split w/ Sergent Slaughter)
6. Doghead (song originally released on our 2001 album ‘Mullet Fever’)
"We also have a couple of guest musician on the 7”. Our live 2nd guitarist Johnny Ibay plays a ripping solo on the first track & our original drummer Matt Connell contributes some sick guttural vocals on ‘Doghead’. more info, mp3s & pre-orders coming soon... The 'Unnamed' 7" is currently be pressed and will be released in February 2010 completely independently by Fuck The Facts."
Gallows has issued the following update about canceling their upcoming European tour dates to write new material:
"We’re afraid we’re going to be unable to head out to Europe as previously planned in April. We’re going to be taking some time out to spend a few months writing some new material. We’re really sorry to disappoint any fans who were looking forward to seeing us but we’ll be back soon."
Samples of Gallows' music can be found at their MySpace page.
Hatebreed has issued the following update about rescheduling several German tour dates:
"Hatebreed Frontman Jamey Jasta has been ill so the band will be postponing the first 3 shows. The affected shows (Stuttgart, Offenbach & Hamburg) will be made up around Hatebreed’s April 23rd headline Groezrock Festival show. Jasta comments 'I feel terrible to have to miss these first 3 shows but I need this time to heal up to make sure I will be 100%.' Hatebreed will now join the Black Procession tour on Jan. 29th in Oslo Norway. The new dates have been announced! Here are the rescheduled dates! Thursday, 22 April - Hamburg @ Docks, Friday 23 April - Meerhout @ Grozrock, Saturday 24 April Stuttgart @ LKA, Sunday 25 April - Wiesbaden @ Schlachthof."
Joe Thrasher has issued the following statement about releasing a new album:
"Hello metal fans!! We hope your 2010 is kicking off to awesome start! We had are best year yet in 2009 and are looking forward to 2010 kicking it's ass. We currently have 10 songs ready for the next release and we have studio time booked at the end of February for tracking the drums. Once we have the drums done, we'll be taking care of guitar, bass and vocal tracks at our home studios. We're hoping to have this next album out by the summer. We haven't set an album title yet but here are the titles of the tunes:
Metal til you Puke
Out for Blood
This is a Test
Cries of War
(We Are) The Ones More...
Mantic Ritual have issued the following new year update about their upcoming activity:
"Hey ladies and gents! Jeff here, arriving fashionably late to the 'year-ending band blog' party. So, without further delay, let's sum up the last year and what we've been up to lately. 2009 was a very productive and rewarding year for us. Starting in January, we kicked off our first major tour supporting Rotting Christ with our new friends Epicurean. It was a cold and trying journey, but we learned a lot, made a lot of friends, and what didn't kill us certainly made us stronger.
"After a brief break at home, we hit the road with the legendary Destruction and Krisiun in March and April. Our debut album, 'Executioner,' was released on Nuclear Blast records during this tour. Again we found new friends, new challenges, and lots of good times. Another month or two at home, and in June and July we once again headed off into the sunset with Pro-Pain and Sworn Enemy to play 39 shows in 40 days! This would be our last tour with our singer/guitarist Dan Wetmore, who left the band to pursue other goals. As we said before, we wish him the best in his future endeavors. More...
Revocation have added an Oakland, CA date to their current "Metal As Art" tour along with Hypno5e and Binary Code. The band has also announced a hometown show on February 27th in Cambridge, MA. A listing of confirmed Revocaiton tour dates and cities can be found below.
***All dates from 1/21st thru 2/6th w/ HYPNO5E, BINARY CODE as part of ‘Metal As Art Tour’***
1/21 Los Angeles, CA The Blvd.
1/22 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
1/23 Oakland, CA The Metro (w/ NAME)
1/24 Sparks, NV New Oasis
1/25 Portland, OR Ash Street Saloon
1/26 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
1/27 Spokane, WA The Cretin Hop
1/28 Boise, ID Gusto’s Bar
1/29 Salt Lake City, UT The Outer Rim
1/30 Denver, CO Lion’s Lair
1/31 Lawrence, KS Replay Lounge
2/1 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
2/3 Nashville, TN The Muse
2/4 Cincinnati, OH Dirty Jacks
2/5 Baltimore, MD Sidebar Tavern
2/6 Trenton, NJ The Championship
2/13 Drummondville, QC Salle Gaston Mandville (w/ QUO VADIS, BENEATH THE MASSACRE, more)
2/27 Cambridge, MA Courtyard Marriott (WUML presents w/ HIVESMASHER, HETFIELD & HETFIELD, and more) More...
Shadows Fall has issued the following update about a headlining Canadian tour:
"We are very excited to finally be heading to Canada for a full headlining tour!! We look forward to rocking with all the metalheads in the great white north and sharing a few extra strong beers with you all!!
"The tour starts on Wednesday February 24th in Calgary, Alberta. Support on the tour will come from Bison B.C. and Baptized in Blood. Special guest Goatwhore will be on the first six west coast dates only. We will also be playing a headlining show before crossing the border to the Great White North. The show is in Spokane, WA at The Knitting Factory and support will come from Bison BC, Baptized in Blood and Goatwhore. A list of the dates can be found below."
The currently announced dates are as follows (*With Goatwhore):
2/23 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory*
2/24 Calgary, AB @ Republik*
2/25 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite*
2/27 Regina, SK @ The District*
3/1 Winnipeg, MB @ WECC*
3/2 Thunder Bay, ON @ The Roxy*
3/4 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
3/5 London, ON @ Music Hall
3/7 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
3/8 Montreal, QC @ National
3/9 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
Sweden's Spawn of Possession has issued the following post tour recap:
"We have been back home from the Australian Mini-tour for almost a week now. We would like to thank all the people which came out to see us in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart, and we would like to thank Southern Extremeties Productions for giving us an awesome time in Australia without any problems what so ever. Now when everything is back to normal again, we will continue to work on the songs for the new album."
Samples of Spawn of Possession's music can be found through their MySpace page.
Greek thrashers Suicidal Angels have issued the following statement about their upcoming festival appearances:
"Greetings everyone from Graz, Austria!!! The Kataklysm tour is doing great so far, we are almost half-way through and we're still thrashing hard and fast!!! Some recent news, we have confirmed for 3 more summer festivals, Kaltenbach Open Air in 15-17 of July, Party San Open Air in 12-14 of August and Summer Breeze Open Air in 19-21 of August as well! This summer seems really thrashing hot already! So, that's it! We've got to do a quick sound check so until next time, thrash off!!!"
Suicidal Angels still have the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Echoterra has issued the following update about playing their first ever live show alongside Epica, Threat Signal, and Blackguard in Minnesota:
"We are proud to announce that we will be making our first ever live performance on Saturday February 6, 2010 at the Station 4 in St. Paul, Minnesota. We will be playing with EPICA and other great bands so make sure you come out to what promises to be a fantastic night of symphonic metal!"
Samples of Echoterra's music are available for streaming at their MySpace page.
BRAIN DRILL has released the following statement regrading the release of their new album "Quantum Catastrophe" via their Myspace"
"BRAIN DRILL has completed work on their follow up to 2008's tech death album, "Apocalyptic Feasting." The band will again take fans on a mind-melting voyage through the boundaries of exactly how incredibly technical death metal can be. "Quantum Catastrophe" continues to push the band to their physical limits while somehow still exhibiting their trademark and infectious hook-laden riffs.
"Guitarist Dylan Ruskin adds some insight into the musical process; "The album was definitely a huge accomplishment in the chronicling of the drill. The musical dynamics and skill level of everyone in the band have improved much more than the previous album. The songs are more technical and musically diverse but are also well balanced and catchy, including several bass breaks by Ivan Munguia and two songs written and recorded on guitar by him, entitled Awaiting Imminent Destruction and Mercy To None. Stay tuned for more."
"Quantum Catastrophe" again features cover art by Par Olofsson. The over the top cover art (which will be released shortly) perfectly complements the nearly unbelievable musicianship present on the record. Fans can get a taste of what the new material is like, as well as new drummer Ron Casey, on a recently uploaded youtube video. In the video, Dylan and Ron play the new track, Monumental Failure.
"Vocalist Steve Rathjen explains the concept behind "uantum Catastrophe;" "Universal decimation (black holes, galactic cosmic radiation), pandemic disease and zombie re-awakenings - mankind is entering an age of mass speculation as foreseen by numerous ancient cultures. Space to all humanity still primarily remains a mystery even in our days of immense technological advancements. We know this void is filled with infinite extremities which could occur at any instant; easily decimating all habitations. We also know our planet has fulfilled these mass extinctions time and again centuries in the past. The question which remains, are we due for another apocalyptic transition?"
The reissue of LIGHT THIS CITY's self-released, first record, 2004's "The Hero Cycle," hits the streets today via Prosthetic Records, home to the now defunct band's other three full length efforts. The reissue features new artwork, and can be ordered here along with other LIGHT THIS CITY items.
LIGHT THIS CITY, who disbanded in the summer of 2008, will reconvene in April 2010 to play four proper farewell shows in California. Dates and details will be announced shortly.
Suicidal Tendencies has revealed the full tracklisting for the band's upcoming "Live At The Olympic Auditorium" DVD. The band's first official DVD ever will street January 26, 2010 via the band’s own imprint, Suicidal Records. The approximately 80-minute DVD features 16 tracks including ST classics “Institutionalized,” “War Inside My Head,” and “Possessed To Skate.”
Elaborated Suicidal Tendencies founding vocalist Mike Muir: "The band started getting emails from some crazy guy that always said, 'I know you'll probably think I'm crazy, but I'm not. I'm wanna book ST for a show and I got this idea...'. Well, one by one we shot down the 'unique' ideas until one time he emailed and said the Olympic Auditorium was being bought by a Korean Church. Shouldn't it be sent off with a special last gig? The band agreed and then the work began. The promoter -- Evel Dick Donato who went on to win Big Brother -- tells a bit about the show, making of etc. on the intro. Lots of drama, none more than the day before the show when I woke up and couldn't walk. But the show must go on and the back surgery would have to wait till afterwards. SUICIDAL recorded live at the Olympic Auditorium in front of 4,000 Cycos...but now you can enjoy it in the safety of your living room."
Here's the complete "Live At The Olympic Auditorium" DVD tracklisting:
2. I Shot Reagan
3. War Inside My Head
5. Ain’t Gonna Take It
6. Suicidal Failure
7. We Are Family
8. Possessed To Skate
9. I Saw Your Mommy
10. Waking The Dead
11. Show Some Love...Tear It Down!
12. Cyco Vision
13. Two-Sided Politics
14. Won’t Fall In Love Today
16. Pledge Your Allegiance
The organisers of Belgium's biggest rock festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced the addition of seven more bands to the bill. The biggest news is that iconic rockers Motorhead will be performing at the event along with Belgian metal veterans Channel Zero. Also added to the lineup are death metal legends Obituary, Swedish viking metallers Amon Amarth, As I Lay Dying, Job For A Cowboy and Ghost Brigade.
The lineup now reads as follows (in alphabetical order): More...
Indiana black metal band PTAHIL (drummer Mhaghnuis), who recently recruited guitarist/vocalist Nacht (Hordes Of The Lunar Eclipse; ex-Typhus; ex-Balor) and bassist/vocalist Luathca (Hordes Of The Lunar Eclipse; ex-Fog), has started writing their full-length album, which is tentatively titled "Codex Lucifer." The album is a follow-up to the limited, "Ortus MCD." The trio plan to perform a few select rituals to support the new release, scheduled for a late 2010/early 2011 street date.
Orlando, Florida metal band Dead Mens Dreams has posted a video of the band in Catacomb Studios Orlando,FL recording their new song "Prophecy Rising." The video is also the debut of "Prophecy Rising." Watch the video below:
Odium has posted a new video bio featuring an interview with the band members regarding the history of the band and their latest CD, "At The Bottom." Check it out below.
Malignant Records recently posted a new song from Phelios on their MySpace player. The song is entitled "Mind Control," from the band's forthcoming album, "Astral Unity."